About Us

Helping thousands of individuals with hearing loss and balance disorders

Who We Are

In 1979, the Ear Research Foundation was established as a non-profit organization by President and Founder, Dr. Herbert Silverstein. The Foundation was created out of his desire to continue research and development, and to contribute to medical education with a clinical fellowship program in the field of Otology/Neurotology. A board of volunteer Trustees drawn from the community governs the Foundation. 


What We Do

The Ear Research Foundation has three primary areas of focus

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Research and Development

  • Continued advancements in microsurgery of the ear
  • Testing of new drugs and therapies for hearing loss and balance disorders
  • New understanding of otologic disease processes
  • Complete microsurgical laboratory and audiovisual and scientific library for ear physicians and surgeons

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  • Annual professional symposia, conferences and public lectures covering a variety of common and unusual ear conditions
  • One-year, post-residency, clinical  fellowship training program, established in 1983.
  • Many Fellowship graduates are in academic medicine and leaders in the field of Otology and Neurotology
  • Community lectures, open to the public to educate on hearing loss, ear and balance disorders, latest treatments.

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Community Care

  • Free hearing screenings are provided for pre-school children, health fairs, civic and other non-profit organizations 
  • Free Children's Hearing Clinic for children that do not pass initial in-school screening.
  • The Help Us Hear program provides financially eligible candidates with hearing aids, surgical reconstructions, or implants

Help Us Expand Our Outreach

The Ear Research Foundation exists through the generosity of many individuals following the example of its founder. Tax-deductible donations underwrite the work of the Foundation and allow it to expand its important outreach. 

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Board of Directors
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Geoffrey A. Frazier
Chairman of the Board


Jack Wazen, MD, FACS
Vice President,
Director of Research 


Seth Rosenberg, MD, FACS
Vice President,
Director of Education

T. Raymond Suplee, CPA

William Freas

Neil Nayak, MD

Ty Wilkinson

Charles Githler, III

Eileen Hampshire 

Richard Pocker

Kevin Coscia, Esq.

Eric Hoonhout, Esq.

David Silverstein

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